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  • Actors: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JZMHNY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,212 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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black & white movie - extra's : Audio commentary by filmhistoricus Dana Polan - cinemajournal: Peace pact signed at Munich! - Boy meets Girl cinematrailer - Cartoon: Porky & Daffy - Introduction by Leonard Maltin - Short Film: Out where the Stars Begin - Minidocumentary: Angels With Dirty Faces - Whaddya Hear? Whaddya Say?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. I. Macdonald on 12 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
i adore this film.it is without a doubt my favourite cagney movie ever.. James Cagney portrays his character in a way that always wants me to feel sorry for him. Rocky Sullivan may well be one of his most famous roles and you only have to watch this to see why. i have never ever seen an actor playing a gangster with such class as i have seen with cagney. i find him brilliant and unmatched even today in the world of a-list millionaire celebrities.i always reach for this film if i wake up around four thirty on a saturday morning and find i can't sleep, and after watching it i feel i can face the day fully. you will understand when you watch the film and maybe you too will fall in love with James Cagney just like me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "ANGEL WITH DIRTY FACES" (1938) (95 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan & Leo Gorcey

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Childhood chums Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Connelly (Pat O'Brien) grow up on opposite sides of the fence: Rocky matures into a prominent gangster, while Jerry becomes a priest, tending to the needs of his old tenement neighborhood. Rocky becomes a hero to a gang of teenaged boys (played by Dead End Kids Billy Halop, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bobby Jordan and Bernard Punsley). Father Jerry despairs at this, asking Rocky leave them alone so he can keep the kids on the straight and narrow. Then Rocky's crooked business associates Mac Keefer (George Bancroft) and James Frazier (Humphrey Bogart) attempt to end Father Jerry's radio campaign against the rackets by killing the priest. Rocky whose cynical outlook on life has been softened by his romance with true-blue Laury Ferguson (Anne Sheridan) decides its time to challenge his associates and safe-guard Jerry.

Oscar Nominations for Best Actor (Cagney), Best Director (Michael Curtiz) & Best Writing

Humphrey Bogart meets The Dead End Kids again, after a similar tough-guy role opposed to the boys in "Dead End" (1937)

BIOS:
1. Michael Curtiz [aka: Manó Kertész Kaminer] [Director]
Date of Birth: 24 December 1886 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Date of Death: 10 April 1962 - Hollywood, California

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bryce on 25 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Cagney and O'Brien grow up together, rob a train - Cagney is caught, O'Brien escapes. Years later they meet up again, with Cagney now a hardened criminal, O'Brien a catholic priest. The priest aims to keep the local youths - the "dead end kids" out of trouble, but they worship Cagney's character "Rocky Sullivan". Eventually the father leads a press campaign against Sullivan, climaxing in a gunfight. Sullivan prepares to go to the electric chair when he old friend asks him to pretend to be afraid, so as to break the hero-worship of the kids, before they to end up like him.
Brilliant - superb scenes, classic Cagney. The end sequence is eternal and unforgettable. The recent "Sleepers" tried a similar theme but didn't even come close.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By s VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: VHS Tape
James Cagney stars in one of the most memorable films of all time.Bringing his criminal character to life with fine acting.Pat O'Brien and the Dead End kids provide the perfect foil for Cagney.You couldn't watch this film without wanting to watch it again.Buy it and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sz Vallance on 7 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
I looked this movie up after seeing it numerous times on Home Alone and got VERY curious about it.
Its a brilliant tale of repentance that has a wealth of charm and wit about it. I found it a little long in parts (but i did watch it late at night) but the technical aspects are very impressive for the time and the writing is superb. ((Watch out for the scene with the jar of pickels, i had to rewind a couple of times to figure out why it looks so cool.))
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miland Joshi on 5 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
James Cagney was one of America's greatest actors, and this film is one of his best, building up to a climax which is unforgettable. I watched it on TV nearly three decades ago and this DVD edition brought it back, just as powerfully. A morality tale for the 1930s, it is still watchable today.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
By comparison with Dead End, the 'Dead End Kids' first feature, Angels with Dirty Faces seems much less visually imaginative when watched side by side despite the not too shabby combination of Michael Curtiz directing and Sol Polito lensing, but it's still great entertainment. It's crusading drama Warner Bros. style, which means more tough stuff alternating with more schmaltz to make it go down easier with the censors, but it's a tried-and-tested formula that works well. Bogart and the Dead End Kids may have crossed the street to the Warners lot, but it's Cagney's show all the way as the gangster with the devil on one shoulder and Pat O'Brien's boyhood friend turned priest on the other. Kudos to Frankie Burke, though, for his amazing performance as the young Cagney, one of the greatest pieces of inventive mimicry in the movies. And who can resist that last line?
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